ALL MEMBERS OF THE SURGERY PRIMARY CARE TEAM ARE DEDICATED TO A QUALITY POLICY TO ACHIEVE HEALTH SERVICES WHICH MEET THE PATIENT’S REQUIREMENTS
All new patients will receive a copy of our Practice leaflet and copies will be displayed at the reception desk.
Our surgery building will be welcoming, easy for patients to find their way around and appropriate to the needs of users, including the disabled.
Patients’ rights to General Medical Services
Patients have the rights to:
- be registered with a General Practitioner
- Change doctor if desired
- be offered a health check on joining the Practice
- receive urgent care during surgery opening times and at other times via the Out Of Hours Service.
- receive appropriate medicines
- be referred for specialist or second opinion if they and the GP agree
- have the right to view their medical records, subject to the Acts and associated procedure, and to know that those working for the NHS are under legal obligation to keep the contents confidential.
Changes to Procedures
When changes are introduced to practice procedures that affect patients, we will ensure that these are clearly explained, by means of a brochure; waiting room noticeboard or individual leaflets, giving as much notice as practicable.
To ensure the best possible knowledge of your personal health, these will be signed by your usual GP wherever possible.
- Urgent referrals to other health and social care agencies will be processed within one working day of the patient consultation. Where requested, our GPs will refer you to a private health provider.
- We will normally process non-urgent referrals within five working days of the patient consultation or the doctor's decision to refer.
When a doctor or nurse arranges for a test to be taken the patient will be informed how to obtain the result.
Transfer of Medical Records
The Practice will endeavour to dispatch any medical record required by the Health Authority within seven working days and same day if the request is urgent.
Privacy and Confidentiality
We will respect our patients' privacy, dignity and confidentiality at all times.
With a Doctor: For routine consultations we will endeavour to offer patients an appointment within 2 working days of the request. For medically urgent requests, we will offer an appointment on the same day. Special clinic appointments may be further ahead, eg minor operation clinics.
With a Practice Nurse: For routine appointments we will endeavour to offer an appointment within 2 working days.
If there is a delay in the appointment wait (when you arrive) of more than 20 minutes we will let you know.
We are happy to update you on any delay situation if you feel that you have been waiting too long.
For continuity of care with regard to long term illnesses wherever possible your usual doctor will visit, but this does depend on availability and other factors.
The decision to home visit will be at the doctors’ discretion and the on-call doctor will telephone to discuss the situation.
We would ask that our Patients make every effort to attend the surgery, as facilities are better for examination and any necessary treatment.
Out of Hours Emergencies
We will do everything possible to ensure that our system for contacting the duty doctor is easy to follow, reliable and effective.
- surgeries will normally start on time.
- we expect patients to be seen within 10 minutes of their appointment time, and in the event of a delay we will offer an explanation.
- when a doctor is called away on an emergency we will inform the patients and give them an opportunity to book an alternative appointment, or if preferred, to be seen by another doctor.
With these rights come responsibilities and for the patients this means:
- Courtesy to the staff at all times - remember they are working under doctors' orders.
- Responding in a positive way to questions asked by the reception staff.
- To attend appointments on time or give the practice adequate notice that they wish to cancel. Someone else could use your appointment!
- An appointment is for one person only - where another member of the family needs to be seen or discussed, another appointment should be made and the Medical Record be made available.
- Patients should make every effort when consulting the surgery to make best use of nursing and medical time - home visits should be medically justifiable and not requested for social convenience.
- When patients are asked to give 72 hours notice for repeat prescriptions, please give us this time as it is to allow for accurate prescribing.
- Out-of-hours calls (e.g. evenings; nights & weekends) should only be requested if they are felt to be truly necessary.